German solar energy Donauer to open branch in Oman

Donauer Solartechnik, a major German supplier of photovoltaic equipment for the solar-based renewable energy industry, is opening a branch in Muscat next month. The Munich-based solar company is a partner in the joint venture with an Omani entrepreneur.

Donauer will build up a sales and service network in Oman and be the first German system houses to train the local customers and employees on site in its own solar academy. The product range of Donauer"s new branch includes mobile grid-independent solutions, which are suitable for example for rural areas and industrial or touristic use.

A further focus is on turn-key solar power stations for grid feed-in with a performance of up to five megawatts. The Omani co-partner valued the technological know-how and customer orientation of the German firm: "Donauer Solartechnik can look back on years of experience and provides customer-specific, high-quality solutions at an outstanding price," he said.

"The solar energy market in Oman is very promising," explains Andreas Fornwald, who manages the business area International Large-Scale Projects at Donauer in Gilching.

"Besides the outstanding climatic conditions, the convenient infrastructure and the stable political situation, awareness of the importance of climate protection is increasing in politics and society."

The Sultanate is planning several large investments in the solar power during 2012. For the first trading year, Fornwald expects to build solar installations with a total performance of five megawatts.

The branch in Oman is only the first step in a wider plan covering the rest of the Arabian peninsula. "Oman is eminently suitable as a base for the expansion of our activities in further markets of the Gulf area," Fornwald added.